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Dragonsbloodby Todd McCaffrey
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In Dragon's Kin, bestselling author Anne McCaffrey did the unthinkable: for the first time ever, she invited another writer to join her in the skies of her most famous fictional creation. That writer was her son, Todd McCaffrey. Together, they penned a triumphant new chapter in the annals of the extraordinarily popular Dragonriders of Pern. Now, for the first time, Todd McCaffrey flies alone. And Dragonsblood is proof that the future of Pern is in good hands. After all, dragons are in his blood...
Never in the dramatic history of Pern has there been a more dire emergency than that which faces the young dragonrider Lorana. A mysterious fatal illness is striking dragons. The epidemic is spreading like wildfire...and the next deadly cycle of Threadfall is only days away. Somehow, Lorana must find a cure before the dragons — including her own beloved Arith — succumb to the sickness, leaving Pern undefended.
The lyrics of an all-but-forgotten song seem to point toward an answer from nearly five hundred years in the past, when Kitti Ping and her daughter Wind Blossom bred the first dragons from their smaller cousins, the fire-lizards. No doubt the first colonists possessed the advanced technology to find the cure for which Lorana seeks, but over the centuries, that knowledge has been lost.
Or has it?
For in the distant past, an aged Wind Blossom worries that the germs that affect the fire-lizards may one day turn on larger prey — and unleash a plague that will destroy the dragons, Pern's only defenders against Thread. But as her people struggle to survive, Wind Blossom has neither the time nor the resources to expend on a future that may never arrive — until suddenly she uncovers evidence that her worst fears will come true.
Now two brave women, separated by hundreds of years but joined by bonds transcending time, will become unknowing allies in a desperate race against sickness and Threadfall, with nothing less than the survival of all life on Pern at stake.
"The torch has been passed and burns more brightly than ever in this latest chapter of the venerable Pern saga....Even the most nepotism-wary will concur and eagerly look forward to the next installment." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"McCaffrey convincingly spins a dramatic, thoroughly captivating tale, steeped in the lore and well-drawn characterizations of the people and the dragons for which the Pern novels are prized. Fans old and new will be delighted by his continuance of a beloved saga." Booklist
"Compelling characters, both human and dragon, and a tightly woven plot make this tale of courage, sacrifice, and love a priority purchase for sf and YA collections. Highly recommended." Library Journal
"Series fans were not all that delighted with the joint effort Dragon's Kin (2003), which had inconsistencies with earlier installments, but the saga can probably coast on its affectionate readership." Kirkus Reviews
The dragons of Pern are dying...and the only person who can save them has been dead for over four hundred Turns. Hope for the grieving dragonriders lies in the lyrics of a heartrending ballad — lyrics that hint of a long-forgotten knowledge and age-old rooms hidden somewhere in Benden Weyr. Only one thing seems crystal clear: that to save the dragons of Pern, one young woman must make the ultimate sacrifice...
About the Author
Todd McCaffrey was born in the United States, but he spent his teenage years in Ireland, where his mother moved in 1970. After a stint in the U.S. Army, he followed his love of computers to build a career as a computer engineer. His true love is writing, though. Having grown up with the Dragonriders of Pern, he is bursting with ideas for new stories of that world, its people, and its dragons.
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